August 4, 2023 -In a major step towards addressing housing needs, Guyana has started construction on 210 homes aimed at young professionals in the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara.
This move is demonstrating Guyana’s commitment to providing affordable housing.
Information from the Department of Public Information (DPI) indicates that these new homes will be offered in two distinct styles – the single-level bungalow and a two-story model, both reminiscent of the structures previously built at Prospect and Providence on the East Bank of Demerara.
In an update on the project, Susan Rodrigues, the Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, disclosed that the construction comprises more than 100 single-story homes and approximately 100 two-story dwellings.
Affordable housing initiative: Empowering citizens to become homeowners
Speaking to DPI, Minister Rodrigues revealed that the ongoing project is progressing well, and it forms a crucial part of the government’s affordable housing initiative. This initiative enables citizens to become homeowners in well-rounded communities.
In addition to this, Minister Rodrigues shared that the government is exploring avenues to construct homes for those on lower incomes, specifically on the East Coast.
An appropriate site for this housing project is currently being sought.
The housing initiatives, as Rodrigues explained, are anticipated to enhance the occupancy rates in housing developments and motivate those who have been allocated house lots in these communities to take up residence.
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The turn-key initiative: Progress across various communities
Under the government’s turn-key initiative, over 1,500 homes are at various stages of construction in a number of communities, including LBI, Providence, Prospect, Great Diamond, Cummings Lodge, Hampshire/Williamsburg, Ordnance/Fortlands, and Amelia’s Ward.
DPI has confirmed that some of these homes have reached the final stages, with a number of them already handed over to families.